1 dead, 14 injured after casino shuttle boat carrying 50 catches fire

Jan 16, 2018, 01:06
1 dead, 14 injured after casino shuttle boat carrying 50 catches fire

Fire swiftly engulfed a shuttle boat Sunday afternoon used to ferry patrons to a casino ship off Florida's Gulf Coast, forcing the crew and dozens of passengers to jump into chilly waters close to shore, authorities said.

Port Richey Police Chief Gerard DeCanio said the shuttle boat experienced engine problems after leaving the dock at Port Richey. But as the boat turned around, the flames rose and starting lapping up the boat and the people started jumping in the facile water. All the passengers and crew escaped without life-threatening injuries, police said.

The victim had been receiving treatment for serious injuries at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson but passed early Monday, Jan. 15, a spokesperson said. The temperature of the water at the time was about 59 degrees - which is cold enough to cause hypothermia if a human being stayed in the water long enough.

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"Once I realized they were soaking wet, every one of them, I ran upstairs and I started bringing down towels, blankets, clothes, socks - whatever I could grab out of my closet".

Dramatic video posted to social media shows some passengers plunging into the cold water as flames consumed the vessel.

Jandali's family called 911 and helped people wading to shore, through water 8 to 10 feet deep.

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The casino is anchored about three miles off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

She said there had never been any issues with the boat, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire.

Larry Santangelo, 57, said he had just driven into his neighborhood when he saw smoke and fire and thought a house - possibly his own - was ablaze.

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Once the fire is extinguished, officials will begin an investigation to determine the cause.

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